Commute to get easier in Hendricks Co. as stretch of Ronald Reagan Parkway opens

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The daily commute will get a little easier for Hendricks County drivers.

The latest stretch of Ronald Reagan Parkway will open Tuesday afternoon, allowing traffic to flow freely from Interstate 70 to U.S. 36/Rockville Road.

The direct route includes a new bridge over railroad tracks that often stalled commuters.

“We have signals. We’re putting in two new signals: one at 100 South, one at 200 South, so we’ll have those activated and open them up sometime between two and three o’clock,” said John Ayers, a Hendricks County engineer.

Ayers said people have been anticipating the project—and some have tried to use the road prematurely.

“We’ve have had a hard time keeping people off the road the last couple weeks because it looks done and it’s finally going to get opened up,” he said.

Nearly 25 years in the making, the Ronald Reagan Parkway was designed to one day connect I-70 to I-74 and then to I-65.

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